If you’re a football fan, you probably noticed that during the month of November, the NFL honored veterans, service members, and their families. These public acknowledgements of the hard work and sacrifice our veterans and their families have made are important and ensure that our military and veterans, and the issues they face, stay at the forefront of our nation’s hearts and minds.
I was humbled to be asked to raise the Seattle Seahawks 12 Flag before the 2021 Salute To Service game on November 21, at Lumen Field. This was an honor I did not take lightly and I truly felt as though I was raising the flag not for myself, but for our state’s 544,000 veterans and their nearly 2 million family members.
These Salute to Service Games are very public ways to honor veterans, service members and their families for their sacrifices to our country and service to our communities.
What made the day even more special was that it was an all-woman Salute To Service game for the first time. There was an all-woman color guard, national anthem singer, and a woman active duty service member led the team out of the tunnel, as well as several other Salute to Service Moments that took place throughout the game to honor Washington’s 70,000 women veterans.
When the NFL recognizes our sacrifices as military members, it serves as an example and a model for the community to be able to say thank you for your service to all of our veterans and their families.
Interview with the Seahawks: 2021 Week 11: 12 Flag Raiser Interview - Alfie Alvarado-Ramos (seahawks.com)
12ss Flag Raising Photos: PHOTOS: Command Sergeant Major Alfie Alvarado-Ramos Raises The 12 Flag (seahawks.com)